Garielle Whittle started her dance training in Miami, Florida with Thomas Armour and Martha Mahr. At age 15, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet where she studied with Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Antonina Tumkovsky, Muriel Stuart, Helene Dudin, Stanley Williams and Andre Eglevsky.
In 1969, Garielle was personally invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet. She danced with the company under Balanchine’s direction for 14 years, performing in over fifty ballets by Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Ballets including “Serenade,” “Symphony in C,” “The Four Temperaments,” “La Valse,” “Episodes,” “Theme and Variations,” “Jewels,” “Emeralds & Diamonds,” “Chaconne,” “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” “Western Symphony,” “Vienna Waltzes, Symphony in 3 Movements,” “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” and “Movements for Piano and Orchestra.”
In 1983, she retired from dancing and joined the faculty of The School of American Ballet where she taught nine levels of students for thirty years. She instructed all new teachers in seven levels of the syllabus. She auditioned all new students seeking to enroll in SAB and traveled nationally to audition students for SAB’s Summer Course. In 1997 Peter Martins awarded her the Mae L. Wien Faculty Award for Distinguished Service.
From 1983-2012 Garielle was also the Children’s Ballet Mistress for The New York City Ballet, staging and rehearsing SAB students in roles for all Balanchine, Robbins, Wheeldon and Martins ballets. She also staged the children’s roles of the Balanchine repertoire for San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and the Semperoper Ballet of Dresden.
Ms. Whittle is a repetiteur for the The George Balanchine Trust, The Jerome Robbins Trust, and for Christopher Wheeldon. She is available for private or master classes, company classes, coaching, teacher workshops, audition videos or conducting a lecture demonstration.